Anise

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Anise

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Though its licorice-like taste and appearance are similar to those of fennel, anise is a separate plant with certain different uses and applications. Anise is native to the eastern Mediterranean region, the Middle East, and Egypt. The early Arabic name was anysum. It is one of the oldest known spice plants, used as both food and medicine since ancient times. There is evidence that anise was used in Egypt as early as 1500 B.C.

To aid digestion the Romans enjoyed anise-spiced cakes after heavy meals; Roman legions spread anise throughout Europe. The Bible mentions tithing with anise in the book of Matthew. In 1305, King Edward I listed anise as a taxable drug and merchants bringing it into London paid a toll to help raise monies to maintain and repair London bridge. Western cuisines have long used anise to flavor dishes, drinks, and candies.

Anise is sweet and very aromatic, distinguished by its characteristic flavor. The seeds, whole or ground, are often combined with other herbs in herbal teas. They are also used in a wide variety of regional and ethnic confectioneries, including black jelly beans, British aniseed balls, Australian humbugs, New Zealand aniseed wheels, Italian pizzelle, German Pfeffernüsse and Springerle, Austrian Anisbögen, Dutch muisjes, New Mexican bizcochitos, and Peruvian picarones. It is a key ingredient in Mexican atole de anís and champurrado, similar to hot chocolate, and in India people eat anise seeds as a digestive after meals.

Anise is used to flavor many kinds of liquor: Middle Eastern arak; Colombian aguardiente; French absinthe, anisette, and pastis; Greek ouzo; Bulgarian and Macedonian mastika; German Jägermeister; Swiss Appenzeller Alpenbitter; Italian sambuca; Dutch Brokmöpke; Portuguese, Peruvian, and Spanish anísado and Herbs de Majorca; Mexican Xtabentún; and Turkish rakı. It is also used in some root beers.

Traditional European herbal medicine prescribed anise as a remedy for flatulence. John Gerard, an early English herbalist, wrote of anise: “The seed wasteth and consumeth winde, and is good against belchings and upbraidings of the stomacke, alaieth gripings of the belly, provoketh urine gently, maketh abundance of milke, and stirreth up bodily lust: it staieth the laske (diarrhea), and also the white flux (leukorrhea) in women.” Anise has also been used to treat menstrual cramps and colic. In the Middle East, nursing mothers in Egypt drink water boiled with about a tablespoon of aniseed per teacup as a special hot tea called yansoon.

Company Info

Contact Person: Nikos Andrea
Mailing Address: Koniele Trading LTD,
Evagorou 6, Dromolaxia, Cyprus 7020
Call/Text: 00 357 97 884776
Company Reg. No: HE343968